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042-0085 Sycamore Tavern

Sycamore Tavern
Photo credit: Elizabeth Lipford/DHR, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 08/15/1972

NRHP Listing Date 07/24/1974

NRHP Reference Number 74002124

The simple dignity of Virginia’s traditional rural buildings is well depicted in this country tavern with its dormers and engaged front porch, the latter a characteristic feature of early taverns. The construction date is unknown, but it was first recorded as a tavern in 1804 when it was serving as the fourth stagecoach stop on the Old Mountain Road, a historic route between Richmond and Charlottesville in Hanover County. In the mid-19th-century it was known as Shelburn’s Tavern after its preacher/innkeeper the Rev. Silas Shelburn. In this century, author Thomas Nelson Page, a Hanover County native, founded a library here in memory of his wife. Although the building is owned by the county, the Florence L. Page Memorial Library continues to be funded by a trust established by Page and specializes in local history and genealogy.  The Sycamore Tavern is a contributing building in the Montpelier Historic District.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: May 10, 2021